HO CHI MINH CITY, 23 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s District 4 authorities will open a night market in Ward 12 to offer more attractions for tourists.
Local media reported the district authorities have sought permission from the People’s Committee.
The 3,000-sqm night market will stretch from Khanh Hoi Bridge to Calmette Bridge along the Tau Hu – Ben Nghe Canal. Read more
QUANG NAM, 22 February 2017: Hoi An City’s administration plans to install a comprehensive firefighting system in Hoi An ancient town to protect the area from fire threats.
Tuoi Tre News quoted the administration deputy chairman, Nguyen Van Son, saying the authority is awaiting approval to install a USD8.93-million firefighting system in Hoi An to ensure the town’s wooden houses can deal with fires.
“Our present system is 10 years old and has become badly degraded, making it difficult to respond in a timely manner to emergencies.” Read more
QUANG BINH, 21 February 2017: Jetstar Pacific Airlines will launch two new routes–Dong Hoi-Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Dong Hoi-Hai Phong.
Local media reported the airline and Quang Binh provincial People’s Committee have recently agreed to work together to draw more visitors from Chiang Mai in Thailand and Hai Phong a major city in Vietnam.
The Dong Hoi-Hai Phong flights will begin in late May twice weekly, while the Dong Hoi-Chiang Mai flights will start in June, the airline confirmed. Read more
THUA THIEN-HUE, 20 February 2017: The Imperial Citadel of Hue will open parts of it ancient World Heritage complex to visitors at night from late April, but only for a trial period to gauge response.
Local media reported the trial will run from 22 April to 15 September to help tourists avoid the scorching summer heat during the day and give them more time to visit interesting places in the citadel.
Visitors will have a chance to explore the Gate of Noon, Thai Hoa Palace, The Mieu Temple, Dien Tho Palace, Truong Sanh Palace, Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion and Peace Gate from 1900 to 2200. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 17 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism will focus on developing new products including river tourism and traditional shopping to increase the number of foreign arrivals to the city.
Local media quoted the department director, Bui Ta Hoang Vu, saying the city would add more cultural events and attractions.
The department has identified river tourism, food tourism, rural tourism and street art festivals as priority projects. Read more
HANOI, 16 February 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has proposed two new tourism packages that showcase performances at the historical Opera House in a move to offer quality entertainment for visitors to the Vietnamese capital.
Local media reported the proposal complies with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s decision to organise regular shows for tourists at the venue.
Officials said Hanoi’s should be a capital of culture and quality entertainment that reflects the best of Vietnam’s heritage and arts. Read more
HANOI, 16 February 2017: ASEAN-based tour operator, ASIA DMC, is preparing to roll out its newest tailor-made tours called “Spirit of Travel” to global buyers at ITB in Berlin, Germany, the world’s largest travel trade event.
Led by recently appointed group managing director, Linh Le, ASIA DMC will announce its new programme of personalised high-end travel.
In addition, the tour operator will unveil plans to expand its office presence in Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka adding to its existing presence in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Read more
HANOI, 15 February 2017: Vietnam Airlines will launch direct flights between Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, and Sydney in Australia, starting 28 March.
According to the airline’s statement, it will offer three flights weekly on the route using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The flight will depart Hanoi at 2355. From Sydney the flight will depart at 1515 (summer time) and 1415 (winter time). Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 14 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 administration is considering a proposal to add musical entertainment on the city’s downtown streets.
Local media reported the proposal calls for music streets to be located on the parallel Han Thuyen and Alexandre de Rhodes streets.
They will encourage local musicians to entertain residents and tourists and make the city more enjoyable for visitors. Read more
HANOI, 10 February 2017: Hanoi’s Department of Health will deploy mobile food laboratories to test for unsafe food sold at restaurants and by street vendors during the traditional spring festivals.
Local media quoted the department director, Nguyen Khac Hien, saying inspection teams, would take random samples of food at restaurants and food stalls operating during the February festival period.
The crackdown is part of a campaign to improve the quality and food safety at food stalls that are popular with tourists. Read more